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Kane and Son proving difficult to sell ahead of Double Gameweek 19

SPURS 3-0 LEEDS

  • Goals: Harry Kane (£11.0m), Son Heung-min (£9.7m), Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m)
  • Assists: Steven Bergwijn (£7.0m), Kane, Son
  • Bonus points: Kane x3, Son x2, Alderweireld

It may be a new year but the lethal Harry Kane (£11.0m)and Son Heung-min (£9.7m)combination once again proved devastating, as Tottenham beat Leeds 3-0 to end a four-game winless streak.

By linking up for Spurs’ second of the afternoon, their goal-assist partnership has reached a tally of 13 – already the joint most fruitful Premier League duo in a single campaign and by only their 16th game.

New father Kane scored a penalty after 29 minutes when Steven Bergwijn was fouled by Ezgjan Alioski (£4.5m) around the 18-yard line. Then, minutes after both going down with knocks, Kane and Son began 2021 like they ended 2020.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.9m) won possession in midfield and gave the ball to Kane. The striker then clipped in a cross that was met at the near-post by Son, converting past Illan Meslier (£4.6m) for his 100th Tottenham goal.

“The players understood how to close the door to the danger and how to explore some fragilities in the way they play that can be exposed. I don’t say a very good performance, I say a good performance and very important three points.” – Jose Mourinho

KANE AND SON: STILL IN BUSINESS

The recent form of both had coincided with Spurs’ poor December, as Son and Kane blanked in the previous two and three games respectively.

It may have also concerned FPL managers that both had been heavily out-performing their season’s expected goal involvement (xGI) numbers. Additionally, the South Korean international’s six goal attempts from the last five Gameweeks had been bettered by the likes of Rodri (£5.4m), Luka Milivojevic (£5.6m) and Conor Gallagher (£5.5m).

Yet here, albeit against a Leeds side that promises goals at both ends, the two had several promising opportunities. Early on, the two combined down the left-hand side, where the ball ricocheted back to Kane and a left-footed shot that sailed over the bar.

In the second half, Son cut inside from the left in plenty of space but hesitated to the point of not even shooting. He later set up a big Bergwijn chance where the right-footed shot was saved by Meslier, followed five minutes later by another save that denied Kane from a tight angle.

Both Son and Kane were popular Gameweek 17 captaincy choices for a reason. Kane is now in double-figures for both goals and assists, with Son notching his seventh double-digit haul of the campaign. 

They also take part in one of the five Gameweek 18 matches and, although they only play once in the following week of doubles, it is away to bottom side Sheffield United. When devising a chip strategy, getting rid of these whilst blindly chasing those with two matches might prove hasty.

REGUILON MISSES OUT

Jose Mourinho had never faced Leeds before but, because Wednesday’s match against Fulham was postponed due to positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test results, his players entered proceedings with a six day rest since conceding the late equaliser against Wolves.

Two changes were made to the side, including Sergio Reguilon (£5.7m) being named as a substitute and missing out on a clean sheet – Spurs’ first since the four of Gameweeks 8 to 11. 

Toby Alderweireld was the other change and he didn’t miss out on it, also nodding home the third goal from a Son corner. Matt Doherty (£5.7m), sent off in stoppage time after picking up his second yellow card, brought in just three points. He will miss the EFL Cup semi-final against Brentford.

“We suffered a goal from a set-piece and in the game we created 10 chances but didn’t score any goals, our opponents created 12 but scored three. For me the fundamental difference was the efficiency and the fact their offensive game came about through errors we could have avoided.” – Marcelo Bielsa

BOX OFFICE LEEDS

Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m), however, will be absent for Leeds’ next league match after being booked for the fifth time this season. That will be the first of their two Double Gameweek 19 fixtures, arguably denting the appeal of assets in all departments for the bumper round of fixtures.

This will, of course, be a blow to Marcelo Bielsa too, after managing to name a virtually-unchanged side on the past six occasions – only replacing the injured Liam Cooper (£4.3m) with Pascal Struijk (£3.9m) three games ago.

Leeds side weren’t deterred by the third goal, controlling the rest of the match in the same positive way they started it. Left-back Alioski found himself in the penalty area after just four minutes, as his shot hit the side netting. On the other flank, popular pick Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) was constantly getting into the box from the other side.

“In the second half, of the second half, we started to dominate again. We had a good offensive production.” – Marcelo Bielsa

ENTICING DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 19

Despite Phillips’ absence from the Brighton match, Dallas is still highly appealing ahead of facing the Seagulls and Southampton in the Double Gameweek. 

The Northern Ireland international produced a 12-point haul at West Brom and only Kurt Zouma (£5.8m) has scored more than his three goals in 2020/21.

Wildcard and Free Hit managers will also be looking at cheap winger Raphinha (£5.5m). He had the most shots of all midfielders in the preceding six matches and is always looking to get involved. In the first half, his left-footed in-swinger cross found Patrick Bamford (£6.6m), whose header went over the bar.

Bamford looked bright in the first half. Owned by 49.3% of FPL managers, he is the game’s standout cheap striker, whose ten goals and five assists make him the third highest-scoring FPL striker.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Hojbjerg, Winks (Sissoko 76’), Ndombele (Lucas Moura 78’), Bergwijn, Kane (Vinicius 87’), Son.

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski (Shackleton 64’); Phillips; Raphinha, Klich, Rodrigo (Hernandez 65’), Harrison (Poveda 61’); Bamford.

Lessons learned from FPL Gameweek 17

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894 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fiorentina
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Do I need to FH?

    Holding Lowton Lewis
    KDB Bruno Son Smith-Rowe
    Watkins DCL

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I don't think so
      Lewis won't start though probably.

      1. Fiorentina
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks. Might change Lewis for Pieters

    2. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      no

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      You'll be okay I think

  2. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    DGW19

    Martinez*
    Coufal* | Dallas* | Robbo* | Dias*
    Soucek* | Son | Salah* | Bruno*
    Bamford* | Kane
    Forster | Bednarek* | Che* | Bruke

    1 FT & 1.3 ITB

    0.4 tied up in Son & 0.0 in Kane

    choose one..

    A. Son + Che >> KDB* + Brewster (-4)
    B. Bruke + Kane >> KDB* + Brewster (-4)
    C. Bruke + Kane >> Raphinha* + Vardy* (-4) and BB
    D. Bruke + Kane + Forter >> Raphinha* + Vardy* + 4.9 Goalie (-8) and BB

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      None of them looks ideal to me 🙂

  3. Pinky Blinders
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Should I keep Balbuena for the BGW and hope he starts or do you think he’s definitely lost his spot?

  4. Das Boot
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Hypothetical Questions. Do we think Aguero is back, and if so does that make KDB a much more promising prospect?

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      no & no

      1. Das Boot
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I suppose answering no to the 1st question makes no more likely to the 2nd, Thanks for your input.

    2. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes for both. Aguero is one of the best or even the best finisher in PL so of course it helps KdB too

      1. Das Boot
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I will watch with intent to see if Aguero plays today and how long for Lazaretti. Thinking there has to come a point where Pep says. "right Sergio, let's go!!"

  5. GuenDoozy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Salah TC in 19 a good shout? Or wait for a DGW with better fixtures for Salah/kane/bruno

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Bruno could be better.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        In GW19

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeah i like Brunos chances more. Im waiting for some other week now cuz im all in on BB. Here's hoping there aren't more unexpected cancellations.

  6. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Spurs vs Villa getting called off would be a disaster. With the way Lo Celso and co have been partying it wouldn't be particularly surprising either

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is there a rumor it could happen?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No, match is 11 days away lol

    2. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      With Le Celso in, Kane would have got one or two more returns vs Leeds

  7. LSK
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Salah and Bowen to Son and Rashford for free?
    Will need to spend a -4 to reverse the transfer for DGWK19.
    Gives me 10 out next week (inc Brewster) and 12 doubles + Kane for the double.

  8. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Would you look to get 2nd city defender for the DGW, if it means benching one of Coufal or Dallas?

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I wouldn't if 1st City defender is Dias

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Ya, it's Dias

        1. Siva Mohan
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I am going Dias | Coufal | Dallas | Robbo ..

          Dias is more nailed than other City defence assets ..

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Is it 442?

            1. Siva Mohan
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Yes

              1. PogBruno
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Ok mate, would you like replace Son and/or Kane for DGW?

                1. Siva Mohan
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  see my post above and respond 🙂

                  thinking Kane atm

  9. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    I have
    Dier Kilman Taylor
    KDB Grealish Stephens Bruno
    Kane Watkins

    Salah Dallas Bamford McCarthy Coufal

    I've two free transfers
    Would you free hit?
    Unlikely Kilman Taylor or Stephens will start.
    Thoughts lads

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes FH, it looks sketchy

  10. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Walker & Jesus only start training on Monday, 50/50 for Semi Final

  11. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    It's time for Brewster's first goal

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He's played yesterday?

      I'm not even sure he could score a goal playing FIFA on easy mode

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      The Spot is well reserved for Soucek

      1. Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        KDB | Son | Bruno | Gund | Soucek looks fine for DGW as he is playing more advanced

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Mine will be
          KDB - Grealish - Salah - Bruno Soucek
          Kane - Bamford

          1. Siva Mohan
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            trust Grealish to score couple in DGW?

  12. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    news to Cancelo owners ..

    "The club is aware of a New Year's Eve Covid-19 breach involving Benjamin Mendy and the subsequent media reporting of it," City said in a statement.

    "While it is understood that elements of this incident have been misinterpreted in the reports, and that the player has publicly apologised for his error, the club is disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation."

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Good stuff, although I benched him this week.

      There is still that lingering rumour that he has/had Covid though.

      I guess we'll find out later...

  13. Footieboot
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is Balbuena expected to play in the DGW?

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I'd be worried now. 2 games without playing goes beyond simply being a rest! I'd get rid if I had a FT to spare

      2. Pinky Blinders
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No injury news on him that I’ve seen, so I think he’s lost his spot. Really annoyed about it since their double is so good.

    • C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      30+ points from Salah Captain and KDB possible?

      1. C_Manan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        This GW?

      2. Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        17 points

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Not sure Salah can make up 27 points by himself

    • Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      For DGW19 which is best?

      A. Kane > Vardy/Agureo
      B. Son & TAA > KDB & Stones (-4)
      C. TAA, Son & Kane > Cancelo/Dias, KDB & Vardy/Agureo (-4)

      I know people say risky selling spurs but city have an extra fixture and two really good ones at that plus the fact spurs play Liverpool and Chelsea two of the next year GWs after this.

    • My blood is Blue
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Hi chaps!
      With 1ft and a team consisting of
      Leno
      Tierney, C.Taylor, Cancelo, Kilman
      Debryne, B.Fernandes, Son, Neto
      Brewster, Wilson.
      (Meslier, Coufal, Salah, Bamford)
      What Should I do for GW18?

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Save the FT. Simple

    • The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      FH if you have only 6 players?

      1. Greyling
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Try and get 7/8 players atleast. Saving FH for later can be golden.

    • zotter
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Can get to this using my two FTs.... ok to save FH?

      Martinez
      Dias
      Bruno. Son. Kdb or sterling. Grealish
      Wood. Dcl

      That’s eight players. I figure I am missing out on perhaps 15-20 points

    • FantasyClub
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Question here lads...do transfers in and out from free hits affect the price rise/drop of a player even though them transfers only last the one week???